Journal of Earth Science

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 155–168 | Cite as

Structural Restoration of Carbonate Platform in the Southern Part of Central Luconia, Malaysia

  • Siti Nur Fathiyah JamaludinEmail author
  • Manuel Pubellier
  • David Menier
Structural Geology and Active Tectonics


Carbonates of Central Luconia, Malaysia, had been serving as hydrocarbon reservoirs for more than 25 years. However, the relationship and impacts of extensive tectonic events to the growth of Miocene carbonates in Central Luconia have not been revealed sufficiently. In this work, two carbonates platforms in the southern part of Central Luconia were used for detailed interpretation and seismic based structural restoration. This work had provided new insight for the interpretation of carbonate growth in Central Luconia and its association with the surrounding tectonic. This work suggested three possible tectonic evolutions from Late Oligocene to Pliocene are responsible for the growth of carbonates in Central Luconia. These stages are equivalent with pre-carbonate stage (Late Oligocene–Early Miocene), syn-carbonate stage (Middle–Late Miocene) and post-carbonate stage (Pliocene). Rifting of the South China Sea and subduction of proto-South China Sea are believed to be responsible for the development of faulting during pre-carbonate stage, while movement of the ancient Baram Line is thought to control the parallel striking direction of normal faults during syncarbonate stage. Finally, subsidence and compaction due to the overburden clastic materials from the prograding deltas is considered as the main reason for the impacts of gravitational tectonics in this area, which corresponding to the post-carbonate stage.

Key words

carbonate platforms structural restoration carbonate growth seismic interpretation Central Luconia Province 


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The authors gratefully acknowledge Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, PETRONAS and SHELL for their financial support and providing the data for this research activity. Not to forget, Prof. Dr. Bernard Pierson who initiated the idea and networking. However, the technical contents and ideas presented in this paper are solely the authors’ interpretations. The authors declare no potential sources of conflict of interest. Lastly, this work will never be completed without the contribution of academic license by Midland Valley for the MOVE Software and Schlumberger for the PETREL software. The final publication is available at Springer via

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Geosciences & Petroleum EngineeringUniversiti Teknologi PETRONASPerakMalaysia
  2. 2.UMR 8538 du CNRSEcole Normale SupérieureParis Cedex 05France
  3. 3.Géosciences Marines et Géomorphologie du LittoralUniversité Européenne de Bretagne, UMR CNRS 6538Vannes CedexFrance

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